Singapore University of Social Sciences

Service in Service-Learning

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: To be confirmed


Synopsis

GSP503e Service in Service-Learning is the second of three postgraduate level foundational courses in service-learning. This course begins by situating service within its global, regional and local contexts. Although it was first conceptualised in the 1970s, service-learning has only recently proliferated across post-secondary and secondary education around the world. Thus, the concept is still new, with definitions and core principles fiercely debated. To understand the complexities and implications of these contested definitions of service in service-learning, this course dissects how service-learning is defined, who gets to define it, where service-learning takes place, how service-learning is organised, by whom and for whom. Each of these factors has an impact on the fundamental power relations between the various stakeholders in service-learning, with far-reaching implications on what service is. They therefore affect how practitioners and policymakers conceptualise their vision of service in service-learning to achieve their intended objectives, the nature of students’ service experience and its potential impacts within communities. This course is delivered fully online. There will be a community visit.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in MyUniSIM. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Where and what is the service in service-learning?
  • Contested concepts of service and their relationships with theories of social change, community development and sustainable development in Singapore, the region, and globally.
  • Community - School/University Partnerships in service-learning; theories, principles, strategies and practice models of collaborative partnership development and sustainability.
  • What do service-learning students do: Pathways of service: direct service, research, activism, charity and philanthropy, policy/politics and social entrepreneurship; Placement, project, region.
  • Concepts of power, privilege and race in service-learning partnerships.
  • How service-learning partnership practices and principles are reflected in Singapore, and across the field internationally.

Learning Outcome

  • Critique service-learning theories, principles, strategies and practices of identifying and supporting the service in service-learning modules, courses and programmes.
  • Analyse diverse, often contested, concepts of service and their relationships with theories of social change, community development and sustainable development.
  • Evaluate concepts of service-learning partnerships – theories, principles, strategies and practice models.
  • Reflect on concepts of power, privilege and race in service-learning partnerships.
  • Assess how service-learning partnership practices and principles are reflected in service-learning practice in Singapore, and across the field internationally.
  • Construct a good understanding of the social services sector in Singapore.
  • Compare opportunities for student volunteer placements and projects.
  • Design a list of useful resources (books, journals, programmes, organisations, websites, etc.) related to service-learning placements and partnerships, which students know of or have access to, to be shared with colleagues.
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